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for one day a week.or according to the pentagon'srd chief budget officer robert hale, that would save between $4en billion and $5 billion, but itll would all come out of people's paychecks. any >> if we feel we don't have any choice but to impose furloughs even though we would much prefer not to do it. of frankly, this is within of the least-- or the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: department of defense civilians run training ranges where navy pilots practice strafing runs. they manage the flow of supplies to troops in afghanistan o overhaul army tanks and providen, medical care for everybody fromre for e wounded warriors to retirees. to laying them off for one day a laying week would not cripple national defense, but it would, said jessica wright, the pentagon'st head of personnel, be an economic catastrophe for their families. >> if furloughs are enacted, civilians will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. >> reporter: even then, the pentagon would still have to t find another $41 billion in savings d
to take effect. it will impact virtually every major agency in washington. the pentagon could see roughly half of the reductions and that has republicans upset. >> we're going to begin to unravel the finest military in the history of the world at a time when we need it most. >> reporter: mandatory cuts in domestic spending could also hit americans hard. there could be furloughs of food safety employees, leading to a shortage of meat poultry and eggs and pushing up food prices. 50,000 tsa workers could see their hours cut back that would mean longer security lines for air travelers, and more than 350,000 people who need mental health treatment could be denied. hundreds of thousands of government workers from teachers to federal law enforcement agents are likely to be furloughed. many republicans admit the sequester isn't ideal, but they insist cuts have to be made. >> let me be very clear and i say this to the president as i say it to you, these spending cuts are going to go through on march 1st. >> reporter: the white house warns the cuts would get phased in just a
in the words of the secretary of defense t destroys the pentagon. >> now if there is any summer lining in this mess t is that the cuts would phase in gradually. but if the two party kos find agreement after a few weeks or even months, a lot of the damage could probably on undone. jeff? >> jeff: bill plante, thank you. thousands 6 environmental activists marched in washington today to protest plans for the keystone xl oil pipeline. if it gets government approval keystone would carry oil from canada to refineries in texas. the pipeline would create 20,000 jobs but opponents say that the environmental risk is too great. it is tax season and the ils is battling a rising tide of refund fraud cases caused by identity theft. a sweep last month netted 109 arrests and 189 indictments for a crime that could cost the country $21 billion over the next five years. seth doa ne has a case in point. >> reporter: in 2011 businessmen joe bianco waited patiently for a $10,000 tax refund. when he contacted the irs it said it had already been paid. >> somebody had filed with a forged w-2 from wal-mart clai
late april and september. >> reporter: robert hale the chief's pentagon budget officer says the furlough will save the government $4 billion to $5 billion, but president obama says the cuts should be made elsewhere. >> there's no reason they should be furloughed or laid off. >> president obama is trying to pin the blame for the last-minute budget crisis on congress and with both chambers on recess this week he has the stage here in washington all to himself. >> i'm hoping while they're back home, they're hearing it from their constituents so when they get back here, they're ready to do some work and we can avoid these automatic spending cuts. >> but congressmen back home may not be getting the earful the president's hoping for. while nearly half of the americans want to avoid it less than 40% want to let it happen and some of capitol hill agree with the 40%. >> not only should the sequester stand. many pundits say the sequester falls short. >> if the cuts kick in, that same poll shows more people would blame republicans in congress than the president.
radioactive waste, but federal energy officials told him there is no immediate health risk. the pentagon today stopped test flights of the f-35 fighter jet after inspectors found that one of them had a cracked engine blade. the f-35 has cost taxpayers about $400 billion already, and is years behind schedule. we will end this week with our choice of the play of the week. "on the road" with steve hartman is next. [ coughs ] [ angry gibberish ] [ justin ] mulligan sir. mulligan. take a mulligan. i took something for my sinuses, but i still have this cough. [ male announcer ] truth is, a lot of sinus products don't treat cough. they don't? [ male announcer ] nope, but alka seltzer plus severe sinus does it treats your worst sinus symptoms, plus that annoying cough. [ angry gibberish ] [ fake coughs ] sorry that was my fault sir. [ male announcer ] alka seltzer plus severe sinus. [ breathes deeply ] ♪ oh, what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] try alka seltzer plus severe sinus day and night for complete relief from your worst sinus symptoms. nexium, the purple pill, helps prov
say that means as many as 700,000 of the 800,000 civilians who work for the pentagon. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann fallenberg a single mom and administrative assistant at a naval school 3,000 miles away from washington in monterey california. >> i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: she is worryied about the 20% pay cut if she's furloughed or put on involuntary pay one day a week. >> can you reduce the rent for 20%? i can't say that. >> reporter: and it's not just cuts to the pentagon dozens of agencies including the fbi will also have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi would be in the position of having to evaluate where those reductions can come from, and that may impact in the national security arena. >> reporter: the president will continue in coming days to highlight the hardships to individuals and to the public at large if the cuts take place. democrats congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today.
. and the funding cuts gethit just one week from today. with the pentagon and other departments already in crisis mode, the white house oannounced thursday the president phoned mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner but deliberately avoided saying more. was it simply to restate his position or to reach out to them in the interests of compromise? >> the president spoke with senator mcconnell and the speaker. i have no content to read out to you of those conversations. >> reporter: the two republican leaders pointed out this was the first time the president has reached out to them on the topic of the automatic cuts in two months since the end of 2012. the sequester is set to kick in a week from today will mean $1.2 trillion in across the board cuts. thursday, mr. obama argued to friendly radio hosts that republicans are standing in his way for the wrong reasons. >> their basic view is that nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations and they would prefer to see these kinds of cuts and that's the thing that binds their party togethe
% of the pentagon's budget but the senate headed home without resolving a dispute over the president's pick to lead the military former republican senator chuck hagel. >> we need a secretary of defense on the job. no one, no one knows, especially in the united states senate what foreign challenge will face this country perhaps within the next ten days. >> reporter: republicans say they still have questions about hagel's foreign policy speeches his income and his qualifications for the job. so in a rare move they filibustered his nomination. >> he is the wrong person at the worst time for the job, this day we can and must do better. >> reporter: republicans say they probably will allow hagel to get confirmed when they come back from recess. democrats say if that's the case, why not just confirm him now? this was supposed to be secretary panetta's last week on the job but j.b. and norah, he says he'll stick around until a new defense secretary is named. >> nancy cordes, thank you so much. >>> double amputee olympian oscar pistorius is denying in "the strongest terms" that
the pentagon, which announced plans last week to reduce its presence in the persian gulf to close the expected budget shortfall. >> we're weeks away from the president's sequester. >> reporter: house republicans have coined the somewhat clunky term "obama-quester" to describe the looming cuts in an attempt to pin the blame on the president. >> i call on the democrats to show us their plan to stop the sequester from going into effect. >> reporter: house republicans passed their own plan last year but the president panned it. >> they made bigger cuts to things like education and job training medicare and social security benefits, that idea is even worse. >> reporter: millionaires just saw their taxes go up two months ago, when they lost their bush era tax cuts and house speaker john boehner has been telling us all week the president got his revenue then. he's not getting any more. ra and j.b. these two sides have to start dealing if they want to avert the deadline which is just two weeks away and congress isn't even in session next week. >> wow, nancy cordes t
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